Thursday, Nov. 17, is the famous day of the release of the traditional Beaujolais Nouveau. With 70 million bottles going out worldwide, it appears everywhere. Prices tend to range anywhere from $8 -$11 usually and is guzzling wine at its simple, best.
There is nothing complicated about the Gamay grape which is harvested by hand–a requirement fixed by law. In a good year, this wine, made in the southern Burgundy region of France is luscious, fruity and a beverage to chill and serve up with a broad variety of food stuffs.
Production of this wine takes no more than 6 weeks and is made to drink as soon as it arrives. This is not a wine to keep around and in fact it will be “shot” typically within a year of its release which is always on the third Thursday of November marking the beginning of the holiday season.
To be honest, for the last four or five years I have not had a Beaujolais Nouveau I have truly enjoyed but the predictions for this harvest are supposedly great. So give it a shot; bring home a bottle, throw it in the fridge for an hour and try it out. If you find one you really like, let us know about it! Raise a glass!